I’ve gotten these calls a couple of times in the past 6 months, but just hung up. These are calls where it starts out stating “that your Social Security account has been suspended due to fraud and that an arrest warrant in your name has been executed, if you want more information press one to speak with an official.” On Friday, Oct. 27th I received 4 such phone calls, all within an hour and all showing different phone numbers (some 800 numbers, a couple from Texas). Each had the same recorded fraudulent message, similar to what I stated above.
PLEASE: If you receive a call starting out with your Social Security number (account) being suspended, DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY INFORMATION, ESPECIALLY YOUR S.S. NUMBER OR A BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER, OR CREDIT/DEBIT CARD NUMBER. THIS IS THE PURPOSE OF THEIR CALL, TO GET INFORMATION ON YOU. THEFT!
These scamming JERKS, are hoping to prey on retired and elderly people. They are trying to scare you into giving them information, threatening you that if you don’t do as they say, you are going to jail.
REMEMBER THIS: 1) Your Social Security number will NEVER be suspended. 2) The Social Security Office will not randomly contact you by phone. They certainly will not tell you over the phone that a warrant for your arrest is being executed. 3) How do you commit fraud on your own account? There may be a way, but I can only think of a way where you could commit fraud, if you were using someone else’s number or a fake number for your own benefit.
TOTALLY IGNORE THESE CALLS, HANG UP. There is a gov.complaint site you can file a complaint with the government when you get such a call. However, there is little the government will do or can do about the calls, except they get an idea when and how often they are happening. I tried to file a complaint with the web-site, but there really isn’t a category that meets this type of call. THEREFORE, I HANDLED IT A DIFFERENT WAY.
On the first call, I just hung up immediately. On the second call, I hit 1 to speak with an “official” as directed, guess what, no one answered, the line went dead. On the third call, which caller ID showed coming from a “Julia Riviera” I hit 1 as directed, an individual began speaking with a Spanish accent, I broke in immediately and told them I knew they were a fraud and that I had already contacted the FBI and someone would be knocking on their door very soon. GUESS WHAT! The individual HUNG UP ON ME immediately, confirming this a scam, even though I needed no confirmation.
You can call your local authorities to let them know these calls are taking place in your area, however, the authorities probably already know. They’ll tell you to simply hang up and DO NOT give them ANY information.
Sometimes your caller ID will show something similar to 800 Service Call followed by a number. You can write down that number and share with authorities, however, by the time you do, that number will already have been abandoned. Their calling locations constantly change.
Most importantly: YOUR S.S. will NEVER be suspended. Do not give them any information. Especially if you do speak to someone from these calls, do not give them your S.S. number. That is after all what they want, along with a bank account number. They threaten you that if you don’t give them this information and rectify your account you’ll be arrested.
Total BS, Social Security will not contact you by phone. Unless they are returning a call you initiated directly to them.
JUST HANG UP ON THESE BASTARDS! If you want screw with them like I did. “A S.W.A.T. unit is on the way to your location!” See how quick they hang up.
Additional information from ss./gov. below:
In an effort to combat such scams, we want to make one thing perfectly clear: Social Security will not send you an email asking you to give us your personal information, such as your Social Security number, date of birth, or other private information. If someone saying they are from Social Security does email you requesting information, don’t respond to the message. Instead, contact your local Social Security office or call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to see whether we really need any information from you.
Whatever you do, don’t fall victim to a scam. Don’t give out your personal information.
Social Security and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) take these scams very seriously. We do everything we can to stop the perpetrators and educate the public. To report suspicious activity, please call the OIG Hotline at 1-800-269-0271. (If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call the OIG TTY number at 1-866-501-2101.) A Public Fraud Reporting form is also available online at OIG’s website: https://www.socialsecurity.gov/fraudreport/oig/public_fraud_reporting/form.htm.
You will always receive prior notification from us by mail or telephone before a personal visit is made. When in doubt, contact us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and we can verify the identity of the Social Security employee who has contacted you.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation offers a great deal of information on Scams and Safety. Their website is http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety.